South Korea | 23.11.13
What a thrill to be invited to participate in the 11th World Culture and Art Symposium at the Gaewha Arts Park, South Korea, September/October 2013. Some 46 artists, painters as well as sculptors spent 4 weeks creating art works which were eventually on show at the Mosan Art Museum and the Stone Factory located at the Arts Park not far from Boryeong City. Food at the restaurant on site is good, buffet style with emphasis on fish, squid, mussels, oysters which is fine for me but others have swore off fish for 6 months at least…Lots of rice, noodles, soup, cooked vegetables many with interesting sauces and of course kimchi. Even some rice wine with chestnut added.
This part of the Korean Peninsula is noted for the high quality of the white and black granite which is quarried and worked here. I was impressed by the size of the stones on offer to the sculptors, some over ten metres in length. Angle grinders, hammers and chisels were provided for each sculptor. A number of sculptors brought their favourite pneumatic tools with them. The site at the Stone Factory was wet in parts as the 2 metre diameter blades used by the big cutting machine and the 8” angle grinders had water fed onto the blades to prevent the blades from overheating.